PBS NC's George H. White

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June 9, 2022
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Join us for a special preview screening of George H. White: Searching for Freedom

This locally written, produced and directed documentary by PBS NC's Mike O'Connell explores the inspiring life and enduring legacy of one of the most significant African American leaders of the Reconstruction Era. Born in 1852 in Eastern North Carolina to a family of turpentine farmers, White rose through the ranks of state politics to serve in the 55th US Congress from 1887 to 1901 as its sole Black voice. Narrated by jazz singer Nnenna Freelon and featuring remarks by former President Barack Obama, historians Crystal R. Sanders, Ben Justesen and Earl Ijames, and educator and author, Stedman Graham. The documentary offers insight into White’s groundbreaking accomplishments as a politician and civil rights leader.

Immediately following the screening, Deborah Holt Noel, senior producer/host of Black Issues Forum and NC Weekend, will lead a conversation about the film and the life and legacy of George Henry White with local historians.

You are encouraged to be a part of the conversation by entering your questions in the chat feature.

Thank you for joining us for this special event, a part of our Juneteenth slate of programming.

Thank you to our event partner RiverRun International Film Festival.

Thank you for your support of PBS North Carolina!

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George H. White: Searching for Freedom

George H. White: Searching for Freedom

Premiering June 14th! Explore the enduring legacy of one of the most significant African American leaders of the Reconstruction Era. Born in 1852 in Eastern North Carolina to a family of turpentine farmers, White rose through the ranks of state politics to serve in the 55th US Congress from 1887 to 1901 as its sole Black voice.

150 minutes

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